Saturday, January 01, 2011

The Year in Pictures -- Winter into Spring



Ellen came to visit and we spent much of our time together birding.

It rained a lot in January.

The orchids liked the rain. Yes. We have orchids outdoors in January.

The rain was good for mushrooms, like these tiny Bird's Nest Fungus.

And these crazy things. They are called Cannonball Fungus, and they shoot their spores like artillery.

Taylor started to split apart her honeybee colony.

And Robb and I set up the hive he bought me for Christmas.

We continued working on befriending the cats that came with our house. Robb is shaking hands with Cardigan while Sleeves averts his eyes from the sordid spectacle.


Robb built a rain-shelter for the feral cats.

It was a huge success. Many naps were enjoyed in the Little House.

"Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!"

It was the Year of the Tiger.

Once again, I participated in the Chinese New Year's Treasure Hunt.

We had the dying mulberry removed from our back yard. It was difficult for me to have a tree cut down.

But it was the right thing to do. Taking out the tree doubled the size of our tiny back yard.

I planted spring vegetables, like these peas.

I also dug out an insane amount of wild onions.

At work, my intern and I painted a stupid amount of black scenery.

Robb and I went to the Flyway Festival. I sat next to this owl for at least half an hour before I realized that it was alive. I seriously thought it was taxidermy.


American Idiot opened on Broadway. I was in charge of all painted scenery and surface treatments for this gigantic production.

The huge all-black show opened, too.

On the opposite end of the spectrum from American Idiot was Girlfriend, a charming two-man musical that we all just adored.

Robb built bamboo cages for our garden. It was hard to imagine that the tomatoes would ever get this big but, of course, they completely engulfed these structures.

We proved to be incompetent mushroom farmers, killing everything we were trying to grow on purpose, and then growing monster fungus after we gave up.

Robb planted three variety of hop vines. These eventually grew to be over twenty feet tall. We were not expecting such vigor on first-year vines.

I took several beekeeping classes.

I advised Kitty, who had honeybees trying to move into a tree in her backyard. We were able to set up a one-way doorway and dissuade the bees from moving in.

In addition to all of the honeybee activity, I discovered solitary native bees, living in the soil of my vegetable garden

We enjoyed learning about some of the smaller residents of our back yard. Some were feisty and adorable.

And some were beautiful and imposing.

And we continued our attempts at befriending the backyard cats.

And taking undignified photos of them.


Noreen said...

Oh wow...way cool! Your photography is amazing!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with noreen! you are an incredible photographer!

Debbie said...

I love your photos Lisa and I'm going to have to get some tips from you on growing a garden. I did a few tomatoes and some herbs but we want to eat healthier this year.

Rabid Quilter said...

We are speechless. These photos, every one of them, are priceless. My favorites are "Nap in the Rain Shelter" and "Undignified Cats". Keep them coming Lisa.


MW/Bungalow Boxer said...

I love the cats! They look right at home in your backyard!

Eliza @ Appalachian Feet said...

That last undignified photo takes the cake! I remember a lot of these pics from throughout the year -- impressive accomplishments. :) Love the solitary bee.

lkw said...

What a wonderful retrospective!

And what a nice way to reflect back on the year.

Alli said...

Your photos are so beautiful!

MommaWriter said...

Love the retrospective. I hope you'll find time to finish it...after you fix the beehive, of course!


VTX88 said...

that was a very cool line up of "a day in the life of" sort of photographic journal. nicely done.

Jarna said...

That is an amazing tree. You take some beautiful pictures.


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